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Bringing Justice Home

The Road to Final Appellate and Regional Court Establishment

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Until recent times many smaller Commonwealth jurisdictions have turned to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London as their final court of appeal. Now more and more countries have amended their constitutional arrangements to bring the final court of appeal closer to home.



Cheryl Thompson-Barrow charts the experience of a number of countries and looks at the different ways in which alternative appeals processes have been set up, comparing the approach taken by countries like Australia and New Zealand with that taken in parts of the Caribbean. She makes recommendations for future good practice in the establishment and administration of final courts of appeal, based on discussions by Commonwealth law ministers and senior officials over the period 2003 to 2007.

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Recommended Best Practices

Reference has been made throughout this book to the Commonwealth meetings that occurred between 2003 and 2007. The considered outcomes have, therefore, been the culmination of these meetings and visits, as well as interaction and exchanges among delegates. The final delivery of recommendations occurred at the July 2007 Commonwealth meetings. It is believed that given the wealth of experience and seniority of the delegates, these outcomes of determination for best practices are invaluable.

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